The Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Acne scars. Age spots. Crow’s feet. Sun damage. If you’ve found that these concerns are unresponsive to over-the-counter products, you’ve still got options. Professional laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective cosmetic procedure that can address a variety of different skin concerns with the right package of treatments. Fast and convenient, laser skin resurfacing imparts glowing, younger-looking skin. Here’s what to know about it and how our skincare team can help.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses different types of laser energy to address different skin concerns. It does this by damaging the skin in a controlled manner to boost your skin’s wound-healing response and generate new collagen. In turn, this process also thickens collagen fibers, creating tighter, healthier-looking skin.
What Type of Laser is Used?
At DWH Health & Wellness Med Spa, we use fractional lasers. As the name suggests, this type of laser precisely targets a specific fraction of the skin, creating micro-channels in the skin to jumpstart collagen production. The strength and depth of the treatment will be tailored to your individual goals, and we’ll create the right treatment package for you.
What Concerns Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Correct?
Laser skin resurfacing can address a wide variety of issues, including:
- Age spots
- Fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Uneven skin tone
How Do I Prepare for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The best way to prepare for your laser skin resurfacing sessions is by following detailed instructions given by our skincare team. This usually includes stopping certain medications or products to make sure your treatment is successful. You should also stop taking blood thinners and avoid sun exposure, as well as stop smoking.
What Happens During Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Your laser technician will place a cover over your eyes to protect them from the laser and then use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Once you’re relaxed and comfortable, your technician will apply the laser energy to your treatment area. Laser skin resurfacing typically takes 30 to 45 minutes for a smaller area, but a larger area can take up to two hours. Afterward, your skin will be soothed and made ready for the recovery process.
What Happens After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
After each session, you can expect your skin to be red, itchy, and scabbed once it begins healing. These reactions are all perfectly normal. You’ll receive detailed instructions to follow which might include things like using only gentle, unscented moisturizers on the area and avoiding sun exposure. Your skin should heal within one to two weeks with some crusting along the way, but your skin will emerge looking more radiant and rejuvenated afterward. You may need multiple treatment sessions to fully address your concerns, so your technician will make sure you understand when to return for your next appointment.
Schedule a Consultation
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option for addressing skin concerns with minimal downtime and the latest in skin rejuvenation technologies. To learn more, we invite you to meet with our laser team at our Richmond office by calling or filling out our online form.